CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: First Generation Student Publication

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:45pm

First generation* students from all OCAD U undergrad programs are invited to submit work for an upcoming student publication.

The theme is Educational Worth. The issue of continuing and education has generated conversations about the stress of life-school balance and the uncertainty of future.

Looking for works on personal experience, opinions and thoughts on education. Works submitted can be any medium, including writing. Participants may also contribute through answering a short questionnaire.

If interested, email

Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

*You are first generation if your parents/family did not attend a college or university--you are the first.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
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Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:45am to Friday, February 8, 2019 - 11:45pm

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies (JVCS) collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising exhibition and performance reviews, critical essays, and thesis abstracts, this anthology challenges the boundaries of art history and visual studies in order to produce innovative relationships between art, design, and academia at OCAD U and beyond. Contributors will be invited to the Journal’s launch as a part of GradEx 2019.

We encourage students to submit work that they have written for courses and would feel proud to share with the OCAD U Community. The Editorial Committee is seeking submissions from all current OCAD U students in the following formats:

Exhibition and Performance Reviews [250 to 500 words]:
Reviews of exhibitions, performances or art-related events that happened after April 2018. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays [1000 to 2000 words]:
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We can accept excerpts from larger essays.

Abstracts of Thesis Projects [150 to 250 words]:
Art or design students may submit up to 3 images of their works to contextualize their abstract. Images provided should be 300 DPI.

Submissions should be sent either as an email attachment, or as a link to a Google Drive file to Writing should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc or .docx) and Chicago style citations are encouraged.

In your submission email please provide a ONE to TWO sentence biography that includes your name, your program, the year of your program (for ex: Third-year student), and a few details about your research interests and/or studio practice.

To learn more about the Journal of Visual & Critical Studies and to read past volumes, please visit

DEADLINE: Friday, February 8, 2019

Read more about JVCS and other student-run groups:

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Call for Submissions: Black Richness Art Exhibit

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 10:30am to Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:45pm

The OCADU Blxck Student Association (OBSA) is seeking work from black students, alumni and other artists and/or designers for an exhibition called, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry.”

This exhibition will run from 1st to 28th February 2019 and will be on the list of the events that take place as part of Black History Month at OCAD University.

This exhibition will explore themes of Blackness in different parts of the world, Black wealth, employment, culture and tradition, education, the effects of colonialism and how it affects black identities alongside stereotypes of black people, while aiming to celebrate the present. If we must move forward we have to address the past.

From injustice to inequality, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry” urges Black artists and designers to think and also reflect on the “what-ifs” of our past.
▪️ What if we were never taken as slaves?
▪️ What if we were never colonized?
▪️ How does that affect us now and how have we as communities decided to grow tremendously with that deeply rooted trauma instilled in us?
▪️ How are we affected physically, emotionally or mentally?

We are accepting works in any medium: Installation, Poetry, Music, Design, Sculpture, Video, Performance, Photography, Material, etc.

▪️ Artists are allowed to submit 1-2 works only.
▪️ Mostly finished works (WIP) will be accepted.
▪️ Send 2-3 pictures of the piece(s) you would like to be considered for the exhibition.
▪️ Photos must be JPEGs OR PDF, including dimensions.
▪️ Include a 250-word artist statement describing your work, in PDF
▪️ ALL Works must be submitted to

The Deadline to submit is DECEMBER 10TH, 2018.
Accepted applicants will be notified around December 15th.
Completed works MUST be completed AND delivered by January 21st, 2019.
~Due to the nature and subject matter of this exhibition, students that self-identify as Black will be given priority.~

Co-curated by Ehiko Odeh and Kaylee Meyer

OCAD U Blxck Association is aimed at accommodating OCAD University’s Black community through the facilitation of conferences, events and workshops. Our initiatives are meant to instil a sense of community, raise awareness, celebrate and uplift Black lives in our institution. Our association is currently working on the programming for the upcoming Black History Month where we look forward to student and faculty engagement on topics surrounding being Black in Canada.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
Black Richness call poster

Call for Submissions: JVCS

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 11:30am to Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:45pm

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies editorial committee is seeking submissions from all OCAD U students in the following formats. We encourage students to submit work that they have written for courses and would feel proud to share with the OCAD U community.

Exhibition and Performance Reviews
250-500 words
Reviews about exhibitions, performances, or art-related events that happened after April 2017. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays
1000-2000 words
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We can accept excerpts from larger essays.

Abstracts of Thesis Projects
150-250 words
Art or design students may submit up to 3 images to contextualize their abstract.

Journal Cover
We accept images of art or design work to feature on the Journal’s cover. Keep in mind that the dimensions of the cover will be 5x8 inches.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submissions must be sent, either as an email attachment or as a Google Drive file, to
  2. Writing must be submitted as a Word document (.doc, .docx) and Chicago style citations are encouraged
  3. Images submitted must be 300dpi
  4. In your email, include your name, your program, and the year of your program (for ex: Jade, Digital Futures, 3rd year student)

DEADLINE: Friday, February 9, 2018

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising critical essays, exhibition reviews, artist portfolios, creative non-fiction, and thesis abstracts from students across all disciplines, this annual publication reflects the unique approaches to art history and visual culture that are being undertaken here. We value and emphasize interdisciplinary research methods and modes of thinking to provide diverse perspectives. The JVCS welcomes new editorial committee members every year, offering students the opportunity to help sustain the publication through peer-to-peer education about the publishing process.

For more information abou this and other student-run groups, visit

Venue & Address: 
Exhibition venue to be determined.
JVCS poster

OCAD U moving image festival is seeking film, video, and animations from OCAD U students

text on green backgound
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 12:15pm

OCAD U moving image festival is seeking film, video, and animations from OCAD U students to showcase within the school at a screening on April 13th.

Integrated Media Second year Moving Image class has initiated a screening event that celebrates the moving image work produced at OCAD.  A screening of selected works will take place Thursday April 13th in the Media Lab in Integrated Media.

The deadline for student submissions is April 6th.

Open to all single channel moving image works produced this year.

DEADLINE – April 6th at midnight.
– short films with a duration of 5 minutes or less
– open to all OCAD U undergraduate students
– all genres + styles are welcome

TERRA INCOGNITA: submission call

Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 2017

Terra Incognita can be defined as "an unknown territory, an unexplored country or field of knowledge". Artists may want to consider or reflect on the colonial historical narrative enforced through the celebration of Confederation. It is important to note that the exhibition will run concurrently with Canada's 150th anniversary.

This call is open to all Black, Indigenous, People of colour (BIPOC) students across the country!
The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is looking for two-dimensional, three-dimensional and mixed media work for an exhibition that will run from July 6, 2017 to August 31, 2017.

Submission deadline: March 31, 2017.

All submissions must be made through Submittables: and must include 3 to 5 images, a short biography and artist statement. For more details, see exhibition call poster or send us a message via Facebook or e-mail if you have any questions!

Please like and share widely and if you would like us to send you an image file so that you may print out the poster and display it at your institution please do not hesitate to send us a message.

We are so excited to share this with you, it is a long time coming! Please consider submitting!

The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is a group of students from OCAD U who wish to create a positive, nurturing, and inclusive community. The ISA strives to collaborate and unify perspectives and thoughts, through our artworks, community involvement, and exhibitions. We are active within our communities individually, but by coming together in the IASA, we can contribute collectively and work towards a common goal.

Find out more about this and other OCAD U student-run groups:

Venue & Address: 
Artscape's Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON
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Call for submissions - #trending: mobilizing art and culture

Childish drawing of OCAD's Table Top
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 5:00am

The 2016 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference welcomes submissions of academic papers, proposed workshops and panels, curatorial proposals, and artistic works, performances, and interventions from MA and PhD students and independent scholars.

Please submit proposals by Friday, November 20, 2015 to Accepted candidates will be notified by email.

Proposal/Abstract Deadline: Midnight on Friday, Nov 20, 2015
Final paper due: Midnight on Monday, Feb 1, 2015
Announcement of Acceptance: Thursday, December 10, 2015

What to submit: a 250 word abstract or proposal, a short biography, and, if needed, an url for up to five (5) images and/or five (5) minutes of video. Please submit texts as .doc or .pdf files.

#trending: mobilizing art and culture
OCAD U Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference 2016
Exhibition Opening: Friday March 11, 2016
Conference Date: Saturday March 12, 2016

The influence of trends is undeniable in contemporary culture, but rarely are its implications fully fleshed out. How can a trend mobilize or call others to action? As scholarship in contemporary art, design and new media becomes increasingly focused on networked lives, the digital platforms through which we communicate, interact, and share information demand academic and social inquiry. This interdisciplinary conference looks to the topic of #trending in its myriad meanings as it produces and affects subjects and citizenship, social and political change, visual and material culture. We must consider the longevity, impact, and relevancy of cultural work and research as the implications of cultural trends, their makers, and media are nuanced and complex. Are trends disposable or lasting? How should scholarship respond to trends -- by defining them or following them? What can trends tell us in their sequencing, forecasting, and analysis?

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:
-alternate, sharing and DIY economies
-inclusive and locative mobilizations of populations, movements, and narratives
-trending as a form of political mediation
-artists as activists as artists
-viral visual culture & digital storytelling
-speculation in the art market
-the gentrification of social and artistic spaces
-grants and arts awards as trend indicators
-curating as trend-setting
-the affect and aesthetics of trends
-trends, history and the acceleration of culture, theory, criticism
-authorship, art practice and online multiplicity
-transmedia: podcasts, web series, etc.
-the platforms of trend-making: Instagram, twitter, Tumblr, etc.
-celebrities as artists/artists as celebrities

Submit proposals:

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Call for Submissions

Aimia logo
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:00am

We are pleased to announce that OCAD U has been invited to participate in The 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program invites 16 schools across Canada to propose one representative be considered for a $7000 scholarship.  To be eligible, you must be a full-time student  going into your final year of study.   Submissions are accepted from February 2nd and will close on March 2nd, 2015. 

2014 Winners include:

Marvin Luvualu Antonio (OCAD U)

Kristiane Church (University of Manitoba)

Paige Lindsay ( Ryerson University)



UAAC Conference 2014 Call for Submissions

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:00am to Friday, March 14, 2014 - 4:00am

Universities Art Association of Canada Conference hosted by OCAD University

OCAD University will host the annual conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC-AAUC) this October 23 to 26, and is inviting the submission of session proposals.

Sessions are encouraged that explore — within any geographical and temporal context — issues from the full range of scholarship in the visual arts including art history, visual and material culture, creative practices and research in studio art, design practices and research, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practices.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for chaired (or co-chaired) sessions, roundtables and workshops. Please note that only one proposal will be accepted per member, whether that proposal is for a single or jointly chaired session, roundtable or workshop.

Proposals (which can be in English or French) should include a title; a 150 word description of the panel; and full contact information for the session chair(s).

Only members of UAAC-AAUC may chair or co-chair or present papers in conference sessions. Non-members who propose sessions will be required to become members in the event that their proposals are accepted.

Proposals are welcome from full-time faculty, independent scholars/artists, and graduate students: however, members are reminded that only graduate students in terminal degree programs may propose sessions and that a limited number of these will be accepted. Sessions that include a mixture of graduate students and faculty/independent researchers are also encouraged.

Proposals must be submitted by March 14, 2014. Visit the UAAC-AAUC submissions info page for complete details.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

30th Annual Book Arts Fair Submission Deadline

Woodcut by Margaret Lock
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:00am


The Printmakers of OCAD University invite you to parrcipate in our 30th Annual BookArts Fair to be held in the GREAT HALL at 100 McCaul St, on Saturday, November 29, 2014.

There is a $40.00 table fee, payable to ‘Printmaking Awards,’ with all proceeds going to student awards and initiatives. This year we are also offering a limited number of half tables available for only $25.00. The deadline for applications is November 5, 2014.

The Fair will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until5:00 p.m, with the doors open for exhibitors to set up at 8:45 a.m.

This is an exhibition of artists, printmakers, bookbinders and others involved in the creation of hand made books and printed ephemera. It is intended to provide a showcase for your work and an opportunity to sell it, if you wish. Please return this form along with payment. Please make your cheque payable to‘Printmaking Awards’ – submit as soon as possible so that we can determine how to accommodate everyone. We can not guarantee space for late applicants.

For more information, contact the Book Arts Fair organizers at this email address:

Download the Book Arts Fair submission form


Venue & Address: 
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